EU enlargement

    • Western Balkans on focus

      Western Balkans on focus

      Europe cannot exist as a whole, stable and prosperous alliance without integrating the Western Balkans. This was the main messages from a conference on the European perspective of the region held last Monday in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki, news wires reported. The foreign ministers of Greece, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and Slovenia as well as representatives of the Commission and the Western Balkans states attended the event.

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    • Driving accession process forward

      Driving accession process forward

      Just mere days after Brexit, when the EU woke up for the first time with a member less, the Commission set out on Wednesday new rules to make opening negotiations with candidate countries less prone to objections by Member States, news wires reported. The new rules especially aim at making it more difficult to further delay the accession negotiations start when aspiring members have met the conditions for such talks.

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    • Croatia is committed to unblock EU enlargement process

      Croatia is committed to unblock EU enlargement process

      Croatia is committed to unblock the negotiations on the enlargement of the EU to the Balkans, and is betting on a change of France's stance (the country vetoed the launch of the talks on membership with North Macedonia and Albania), ANSA reported. The Balkan EU Member State also is committed to ensure that the Zagreb summit, scheduled for 7 May, where Union leaders will sit with those of the Western Balkans, will be a success.

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    • Macron aims at tightening EU accession rules

      Macron aims at tightening EU accession rules

      Emmanuel Macron wants to make it further tougher for the EU to accept new members. In a document circulated to EU governments, France said the process of EU enlargement should be more “gradual,” terms of accession more “stringent” and the process “reversible.”

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    • EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, NMacedonia

      EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, NMacedonia

      European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, due to France, which took an opposing stance, dismissing German-led warnings that political stability in the Balkans could be at stake. The move pushes the whole controversy onto the already-crowded agenda of an 17-18 October EU summit in Brussels, where Brexit and Syria will also be discussed.

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    • EU perspective for the Western Balkans confirmed

      EU perspective for the Western Balkans confirmed

      The European Commission on Tuesday adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries. In its reports, the Commission confirmed that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the EC press service said.

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